Before I paste the email I just got, let me preface this by saying that for most of this Spring semester, this woman has rubbed me the wrong way. Just something about her attitude didn't settle with me, and every time I asked a question for the sake of understanding the assignments, I was always made to feel like an idiot or that I was asking a question everyone but me already knew the answer to (which wasn't true). So I had already been quietly brewing some anger over this person.
Tonight, I get this email from a girl in that class with me:
I don't know how regularly you all check Blackboard, but I looked on it today and found this:
"Tue, Apr 19, 2005 -- 2005Spr_COMM210D: Behavior in class
I was informed that your behavior in class today, April 19, was absolutely horrible. The substitute stated that everyone whined, complained, and was generally disrespectful. I would first like to say that this type of behavior is unacceptable in the presence of any instructor, and that I am disappointed. Because of the situation, you will be receiving a quiz or an additional paper. If I hear any complaints about this, the quiz or paper will only become longer and harder. I would suggest making it easy on yourself by not saying anything more about this and accepting the consequences of your actions."
I was considering, and now I am definitely planning on, writing a letter to (The Department Head) and the communications college regarding (Our instructor)'s unprofessional attitude in class (ie, going off about (Name removed)'s private meeting with her in class), her excessive absences from class, and the overall quality of class. I would encourage everyone who feels the same to join me in this action.
If anyone knows the dates that she missed our class and the lecture, please email me with those.
Thanks very much,
The "whining" she is referring to, is the discussion many of us had BEFORE class had started (The sub had not tried to start class yet, she had only said who she was/what she was going to do, and then went back to prepping her stuff or whatnot) for about 5 minutes.
After learning she wasn't here today (the first of four days of us giving our Persuasive speeches), people finally just started venting. This is the 3rd of 4th class she has missed, she has also been a no-show for review sessions she agreed upon with other classmembers to have, she is never available when some of them have tried to setup meetings with her to work on their in-class work, and the "calling out" my classmate is referring to is when she complained one day about one of us going to her office and (now this is poor taste, but you still don't call him out in class by name) basically saying he hated her because of how the class was going for him.
But she didn't stop with that, when someone asked, she didn't say "That's private" or "I'm not going to say", she simply said "It was (name)", who was sitting in the room (there are only 20 of us).
This has me absolutely pissed off. Just ****ing ticked. I was already personally upset with her, but now she's hitting me as a student, and this time I'm not alone in my anger. The smart thing is to hold my tongue until my grade is final, so that she doensn't become more petty and **** with it to get back at me for complaining (which she would do). I likely will, but god am I tempted to give her a piece of my mind, and I've never even come CLOSE to wanting to do that to any of my BSU teachers before.
And as for this "quiz or paper" thing, it's total bull****. We follow a strict syllabus from the department, and all we have left this week and next is giving our last speeches, and then we only meet on finals week for the exam. It is total crap to try to shove this on us at the last minute, against the syllabus, and make it worth any amount of points.